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Respiratory antibiotic prescribing reduced by booklet

31st July 2009

A study by Cardiff University has shown that giving parents a booklet about respiratory tract infections decreased antibiotic prescriptions by more than half.

GPs were provided with the booklet in order to give it out to parents during consultations. The authors wrote: “The routine use of this intervention in primary care should now be considered along with other effective interventions such as delayed prescribing. The magnitude of the reduction in antibiotic prescribing achieved suggests that its use could have important implications for patients, and, as a result of the threat posed by increasing antimicrobial resistance, for public health.”

 

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